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Tebow criticism getting to be too much

Posted on: October 31, 2011 12:30 pm
Edited on: November 1, 2011 6:25 am
Posted by Josh Katzowitz

The Tim Tebow criticism, at times, gets out of control. When the media piles on, it’s kind of expected, but when Tebow is so bad, that his opponents outright mock him during the game (as seen by Lions linebacker Stephen Tulloch Tebowing Tebow after Tulloch sacked Tebow on Sunday), it’s clearly time to think about pulling back.


But if you were in the Lions locker room following Detroit’s 45-10 pounding of Denver, the criticism wasn’t close to ending. In fact, it was rather harsh.

“Can you believe ‘15’?” one Detroit Lions defender told Yahoo Sports’ Michael Silver. “Come on -- that’s embarrassing. I mean, it’s a joke. We knew all week that if we brought any kind of defensive pressure, he couldn’t do anything. In the second half it got boring out there. We were like, ‘Come on -- that’s your quarterback? Seriously?’”

Which, frankly, is some stunning disrespect. While we try to criticize Tebow in a way that’s playful -- I certainly don’t have anything against the man, and I think his character and goodwill are a credit to the NFL -- we try not to be outright mean. That anonymous Lions player was outright mean.

Tebow's Progress
Look, it’s not like this is all Tebow’s fault. Kyle Orton couldn’t win with this bunch either, and Tebow’s skill set clearly isn’t strong enough to make him competent as an NFL quarterback. We don’t know if it will ever be good enough. But since he’s the only Broncos quarterback with a contract that extends beyond the end of this season, John Elway and John Fox wanted to see what he could do on the football field. The coaching staff is the one that’s playing him, whether it's deserved or not.

Clearly, he’s not ready. Clearly, that’s not all his fault. But the criticism continues, and considering he’s on a $9.7125 million contract, he’s ripe for it. But not all of it is fair.

Why, though, such vitriol from his fellow players? Well, Silver has a theory.
However -- and this is a big however -- there’s a glaring disconnect between many fans’ assessment of Tebow’s status as a wholesome winner and the way many NFL players process his presence. To some, the notion that Tebow somehow pushes harder or taps into a higher power than they do is insulting. The NFL is full of maniacally driven grinders who’ve overcome incredible odds to reach the pinnacle of their profession, and many of them are clean-living and well-mannered, too.

While few NFL players seem to have a problem with Tebow on a personal level, I know plenty who are put off by the mythology and the holier-than-thou fan base that lionizes his every accomplishment and perceives negative depictions of his ability through a persecution-complex-tinted prism.

Silver makes a good point, and with the way Tulloch and Lions tight end Tony Scheffler, who mocked the Tebowing phenomena by posing after a touchdown catch, mocked him, that hypothesis can’t be off base.

Yet, it’s unfortunate that his players have to be so mean. After all, most of them haven’t faced the kind of national criticism and ridicule Tebow is currently experiencing. It’s just too bad that Tebow’s grace has been turned against him.

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Since: Aug 10, 2008
Posted on: October 31, 2011 7:14 pm

Tebow criticism getting to be too much

According to the media, if the Broncos wiin, it is because of Tebow.  If they lose its because Tebow's teammates failed to follow his great leadership and failed to rally around him.  Of course, it could be the fault of John Fox who refuses to scrap the offense they've been installing for the last year and instantly switch to a run and shoot just because it might be better for Timmy.  Why can't everyone just accept the fact that the world revolves around Tim Tebow?  Gotta run, there's another ESPN special on Tim Tebow and I can't miss it!

Since: Oct 21, 2007
Posted on: October 31, 2011 7:13 pm

Tebow criticism getting to be too much

If you want to blame anyone for this, blame the blind followers who swear that god put Tebow on this earth to lead the NFL.  They shouldn't have put him on top of the mountain while ignoring is obviously insufficient skill set.

Since: Sep 1, 2011
Posted on: October 31, 2011 7:10 pm

Tebow criticism getting to be too much

Lame = a player that talks shit about their opponent anonymousl
y. If you want to say something, then put your name on it or shut up.

 Then for some players to mock his prayerful celebration....maybe I'm missing something, but don't 80% of the players do that when they score a TD? 

All sports is like this though....too quick to praise and too quick to shun.    

Since: Sep 19, 2011
Posted on: October 31, 2011 7:08 pm

Tebow criticism getting to be too much

"You know what is too much? The hype and praise given to Tebow before he does anything in the NFL. The jersey sales, the Tebwo time front page articles, the billboards in denver."

None of that stuff is his fault.  He's not selling the jerseys or putting up the billboards or writing the front page articles.  Putting that stuff on him is like saying it's the sheeps fault the wolf got a bellyache.  If you don't like his high draft pick or salary, take it up with the Bronco's front office.  Would you have turned them down? 

Since: Mar 23, 2008
Posted on: October 31, 2011 7:02 pm

Tebow criticism getting to be too much

So Tebow isn't a pro was obvious versus Miami with some of the quails he was serving up as throws. Gosh a couple looked like  a Billy Kilmer throw with notihing on it!   But he still has some skills and perhaps the next move it to transition to an H-back/tight end type.   Not as glamorous as QB but he simply does not have pro level throwing skills.  

It's not like Denver is talented enough to just cut a guy with some football skills.

Since: Sep 12, 2009
Posted on: October 31, 2011 6:58 pm

Tebow criticism getting to be too much

Rockety -
Right on the money.  Couldn't say it better. 

If someone is going to go out and publically put  a guy on blast for his performance, have the nuts to stand up to your words like a man.  Then you can answer the questions and comments and be known for who you really are. 

Since: Oct 15, 2007
Posted on: October 31, 2011 6:56 pm

Tebow criticism getting to be too much

This comment is absolutely right on.I could not agree more.The Broncos are simply a bad team.It would not make any difference who their quarterback was.Joe Montana could not get this team into the playoffs.As far as Tebow is concerned,for crap's sake give it time.Maybe he will never make it,but he deserves time.And what scale are we going by? He has no defense.They traded his best receiver.The team pretty much sucks from top to bottom thanks to McDaniels and in part even to Shanahan.What do you really expect?
Give it time.

Since: Sep 30, 2008
Posted on: October 31, 2011 6:55 pm

Tebow criticism getting to be too much

Get a clue Sigma--this guy isnt an NFL QB just like JC Watts, Tommie Frazier or Eric Crouch weren't. He's just not a true passer---NEVER will be.

Since: Jan 18, 2008
Posted on: October 31, 2011 6:55 pm

Its all the medias fault

If the media didnt make such a big deal about Tebow then players wouldnt be envious or looking to bash him. He won the Heisman and won some National championships so he merits some newsworthiness. But he is also religious so its controversial and thus news. I think take away his religion and he would have been another Heisman winning NFL bust that we dont hear much about.

Since: Aug 12, 2006
Posted on: October 31, 2011 6:54 pm

Tebow criticism getting to be too much

Wasn't that long ago and the Lions were getting mockied like this. Dislike Tebow or not, there's a certain standard of right and wrong decorum and it's up to an individual to follow it regardless of the actions of others.

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